Latest LQ Deal: Linux Power User Bundle
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.


  Search this Thread
Old 10-14-2002, 10:04 AM   #1
Registered: Aug 2002
Location: Gainesville, Florida
Distribution: Gentoo ~x86 2007.0
Posts: 139

Rep: Reputation: 15
Question Distro Upgrade Questions

I've looked in the forums, and not found specific answers, so I'm submitting my questions (all related) for some expert advice. I've never upgraded a distro before, and tried to save my home partition at the same time, Basically, I know you don't format a partition you wish to save, and have (expert mode) installed the rpm based distros many times.

I'm wanting to upgrade from Mandrake 8.2 to 9.0, and have the 3 9.0 install cd's, which work fine on a different hard drive. So, my plan is to do a clean install of Mandrake 9.0 (not the upgrade choice- read about bad experiences doing that), reformat boot, root, usr, temp, and leave home alone. I assume this will completely wipe 8.2 and install 9.0, leaving all data on home partition intact.

My concerns are:
1. Will my bookmarks AND email in Konqueror and KMail be accessable in the new 9.0?

2. Do I need to reconfigure, or will the new Konqueror and KMail recognize the data from the old ones automatically in the old home partition? If I create the same mail folders in the new version of KMail as were in the old one, will the new one access the old emails in the same folders stored in home?

3.I seem to recall the Konqueror bookmarks are stored in a hidden file in "home." If so, will they be picked up, or inaccessable to 9.0? Are they in the same format as the new 9.0, or do I have a problem?

4. Which files (including hidden) in home should be backed up regarding KMail, and Konqueror bookmarks? I don't have a cd burner to back up most of "home," so I'll be doing it on floppies along with other selected data.

I really need a complete fresh and lean install of 9.0 with the new gcc 3.2, as I'm interested in recompiling the Mandrake source rpms with Athlon xp optimizations, thus I really don't want to just do the "upgrade" installation.

Any advice about specific procedures, and/or how to avoid pitfalls is greatly appreciated!

Old 10-15-2002, 08:47 AM   #2
Registered: Sep 2002
Location: Germany
Distribution: SuSE 8.0
Posts: 96

Rep: Reputation: 15
If /home is on a different partition you will not have any problem. The programs will use the old config files. Depending from which version of KDE to which you update, the config directory may have another name, if that is so, rename your old config directory (don't know what mdk is using). May be kmail will complain that it know uses another format for some files, but it will them convert automatically. To be on the safe side, I would do a "cp -R .kde .kde.old".
If you really want to backup kmail and konqueror stuff, backup for kmail
and maybe your mails? ~/Mail
and for konqueror


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Upgrade Kernel, distro, or switch distro? badmofo666 Linux - Newbie 9 12-20-2005 12:02 AM
which distro is the easiest to upgrade? JustinHoMi Linux - Distributions 15 04-26-2005 04:26 PM
Distro Upgrade Punisher2000 Linux - Distributions 2 07-22-2004 09:04 PM
Upgrade with different DISTRO bobwooden Linux - General 1 11-08-2003 10:38 PM
Distro Upgrade Questions wrc1944 Linux - Newbie 6 10-17-2002 11:40 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:54 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration